Unique to orchids is the reproductive component made up of one large stamen and one large style which are fused together to form a club headed rod known as the column.

A good example of this is demonstrated in the Parson's Bands (see photo on right).

The labellum, once a petal, evolved to serve as a landing platform for pollination.

The Brown Beaks, as an example, display a wondrous construction with the rounded yellow calli covering most of the labellum (see photo on left).  The small native bees are deceived into seeking the non-existent nectar.


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